Vagabond in America 2016 travel blog

My rig in Quartzsite

Very few neighbors

The map on my bike's GPS even shows this "road"


Quartzsite, Arizona, is a favorite spot for many full-time RVers but hardly anyone else has ever heard of it.

If you drive through Quartzsite any time except January, it looks like a typical truck-stop town along the Interstate highway. There are a few fuel stations and fast food restaurants and little else.

Every January nearly a million people flock to Quartzsite, mostly RVers. All of the land surrounding Quartzsite is BLM land, which to RVers means “free camping”!

I’m planning to return to Quartzsite in January (2017) but decided to visit it before the crowds arrive. I pulled into one of the official BLM (Bureau of Land Management) campgrounds. The campground host had me sign a permit allowing me to stay in the campground for up to 14 days for free. Although called a “campground”, the area is essentially a chuck of the desert that has been designated for RV use. This area is classified as having 500 camp sites but only a few dozen RVs were there.

Nothing is paved or improved in any way. Just gravel and rocks. I found a suitable spot far from any of the other RVers and set up camp.

I enjoyed the solitude for a few days, riding my bike out into the desert.

It will be interesting to see how much different this area looks when I return in January.



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